“Red Velvet Car” (Sony): B
This classic Seattle band is the all-time best female-fronted outfit – at least the best that doesn’t have Joan Jett or Deborah Harry in its lineup. Ann and Nancy Wilson go the quieter route on album 13, their first in six years. “WTF” is a classic rocker in the “Crazy On You” mode, but mostly these 10 tunes feature mandolin, fiddle, dobro and other acoustic instruments. Ann, at age 60, can still hit those freakish high notes with ease and guitarist Nancy shines throughout, especially on the song to download, “Saffronia’s Mark.”
“Red Velvet Car” (Sony): B
Brett reporting from NYC, September 1st 2010:
It was amazing…The ladies first came out and did like a ten minute interview with some radio host (I want to say his name was Jim Kerr or something) but they talked about the new album and the same old questions each interviewer asks Ann and Nancy like about being women in a male dominated industry, their fixation on the beatles, and so on. The interviewer made sure to speak of how amazingly red velvet car is doing in the market. He spoke of its immediate rise to number one on amazon and said that when he was going through radio stats early in the morning (he works on 104.3 radio) that “Hey You” is being predicted to be Heart’s 21st top twenty single.
(Amazing and well deserved news, might I add.) On a side note, Ann was wearing these red kick ass cowboy boots. The interview concluded and the girls were taken off stage for about five minutes and returned with a six song set starting with barracuda. I have been dying to finally see Ann and Nancy with straight acoustics and they did not disappoint. Nancy and Craig were spot on, transforming some of the hardest heart rockers into numbers that suited acoustic guitars well. The rest of the set was as follows: Barracuda, Dog and Butterfly, Hey You, WTF (acoustic and out of this world), Crazy on You, and Dreamboat Annie. A fun little
thing that they did was at the end of Dreamboat Annie where there is normally a flute playing, Nancy sang it in a joking way and a majority of the crowd sang it right along with her. This is my tenth heart show and even though it was only six songs, this ranks among my favorite experiences. I am so thankful I was chosen to attend this event. On the way out the door, everyone who attended was handed a poster to remember this magical night.
Also in other great news, the interviewer had a VINYL COPY of Red Velvet Car!!!!! Ann and Nancy hadn’t even seen it yet…I can not wait to get my hands on that. This show was also filmed with 6 cameras and will be broadcasted on clear channel tv, along with about one hundred radio stations.
More from this event at Q104.3
Alternative classic rock radio station www.getreadytorockradio.com has added “There You Go” to the Radio Power Plays on regular rotation. It is catchy!
In the meanwhile: Red Velvet Car is number one still/again on Amazon.com’s music bestsellers.
USA mongers should not forget to check this out.. at Q1043 (thanx to tylew!)
TONIGHT: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) September 2 – 12:35pm EST
“Hey You” is up from #8 to #6 on the FMQB.com AC radio airplay chart. Stillllll rising! Also up on mediabase airplay for AC radio: 26 to 25
Crazy On You
Red Velvet Car
Alone (ANN is FANTASTIC!)
Thanx so much to Brett!
And here‘s a September 1st radio interview with Nancy!
Heart is performing on Jimmy Fallon tomorrow night (Sept. 2) on NBC, 12:35/11:35c. Set your DVRs!
CAR’ RIDE: Veteran rock act Heart makes its first appearance on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart in more than 16 years, as “Hey You” debuts at No. 30.
The song introduces the group’s first studio album in six years, “Red Velvet Car,” released yesterday.
“The heat at radio reminds me of the old days,” Heart’s Nancy Wilson recently told Billboard. “It’s good to see stations adding (‘Hey You’) and people requesting a simple love song I’ve had in my back pocket for quite awhile.”
Heart had last graced the Adult Contemporary survey with the No. 24-peaking “The Woman in Me” (originally a No. 33 Billboard Hot 100 hit for Donna Summer in 1983) the week of Aug. 6, 1994. The band charted the first of its 11 Adult Contemporary entries with “Dreamboat Annie,” which peaked at No. 17 in 1977. The act has enjoyed one No. 1 on Adult Contemporary, “These Dreams,” which reigned for three weeks in 1986.
“Hey You” marks Heart’s first appearance on any Billboard airplay chart since “Oldest Story in the World” reached No. 22 on Heritage Rock in July 2004.
Heart is truly all over TV and the web. “Red Velvet Car” is still number one on amazon.com! According to this article Heart is heading to a number 1 debut on AC sales
After the after show “Magic Man”: